Greetings reading friends!
I’ve been kind of waffling back on forth on whether to make my next series available wide (everywhere e-books are sold) or going exclusive with Amazon in order to take advantage of Kindle Unlimited. I’ve made the decision that this entire series will be available everywhere major e-books are sold. So that’s Amazon, Apple Books, Google Play, Nook, and Kobo, along with some smaller niche sites that most of you probably haven’t even heard of.
The temptation to be part of KU is pretty big, especially given the opportunities I would have making money there. That said, I want to think of my readers first. Many of you guys have been following me since 2013 or maybe even late 2012. I’d say a good half of you choose a retailer that’s not Amazon, and it would be a bit of a disservice to you guys to not make my work available on your platform of choice.
In case you were unaware, Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service Amazon does. For $9.99 a month, you can read any book in the program for free and it has over a million exclusive titles available. That’s bascially how it works on the readers’ end.
On the authors’ end, to be a part of Kindle Unlimited, the author has to be exclusive to Amazon. No publishing your e-book anywhere else, even if your personal website. You’re not even allowed to give your book away for free (except through Kindle Unlimited’s built in promotional tools). While this hamstrings authors, many are compenstated by making as much as 75% or more of their income from the program. Authors are paid per page read. Roughly speaking, a 300 page book would net them $1.35 in royalties. Not as much as hard sale in most cases, but the sheer amount of power readers in KU can make up for it.
That said, even if there is opportunity for me in that market, I’ve come to the decision that is just isn’t right for me, my business, or my readers – again, many of whom prefer to use other outlets. I’ve had readers even message me expressing concern that I would only be publishing with Amazon. Honestly, I think it’s something that happens fairly often. Readers lose their favorite authors to Amazon, and don’t really feel like supporting that company for very valid reasons.
That’s a whole other soap box I won’t stand on right now, since I did that a lot with my last post. Suffice it to say, all my books will be available everywhere. The first book of my new series, Starsea Cycle, will go live on all retailers sometime in early December. If you are on my beta reading team, you can expect to have the book in your hands sometime this month.
The main thing I’m waiting on is cover art. Book 1’s art should be complete early this month (any day, really). It’s at that point that beta copies/ARC copies will be going out. Once the teams go through those books, it will be publish time!
So anyway, I’m very excited that things are getting much closer. The only person who’s read the book so far is my dad, and he said it was good, but I really won’t know for sure how good until others read it. That has me a little nervous. This is a new series after all and maybe my idea sucks and the story is boring and I have no way of knowing.
Anyway, thanks for reading and hopefully this had been informative.
Edit: If you are a KU reader who happened to find me in the last six months I’ve been in KU, no hard feelings if you choose not to follow me. There are a ton of great authors on KU. That said, I do hope you’ll join me in my future writing endeavors.